The last two weeks have been so wonderful. My parents and grandmother came to visit us and we had many adventures. John and I showed them York AND we went to Edinburgh and saw everything.
To start out it was the hottest day we had had in York. Fitting since the Texas contingent had just landed. Because of that and jet lag we just walked around the neighborhood and got the lay of the land.
The next day was a bit of a blur. John had rehearsals and we walked around his university campus to show them where he has been all year. After a delicious meal at Charles XII (a pub near school) we went to The 24 concert. It was delightful.
Day 3 was a tour of the city wall. It was a very pleasant day with lots of sun. I got my first English sunburn! Halfway around we had coffee at Gatehouse Coffee and met some wonderful people there. Then made our way back to our side of town, ending with lunch at The Circle Cafe on Lendal Bridge where all the doors are for tiny people.
Friday we headed off to Edinburgh. The train ride was so fun. We packed a picnic and ate on the train while watching beautiful scenery pass us mile by mile. We arrived in Edinburgh at 9pm and scurried up a close from the station to our hotel. After checking in, we decided we were hungry and scurried half way down the same close to a little greasy spoon where we ordered one of everything (it seemed like). Mmmm.
On the first full day in Edinburgh, we explored Edinburgh Castle. It was splendid. It reminded us of Gondor and must have been an inspiration to Tolkien while he was writing LOTR. It also happened to be the Queen’s 90th birthday while we were there. We got to watch a 21 gun salute from the castle battlements. On the way home we had a tasty coffee at a pub.
The next day was rainy and felt very chilly because of it. We had planned to climb Arthur’s Seat, a very tall hill in Holyrood Park, but since it was raining we elected not to and sent John up alone to document. He got some amazing pictures while we stayed warm and toasty in Holyrood Palace.
The next day we finished up all the things we had wanted to see but didn’t, like St Giles Cathedral, Mary King’s Close, and Sir Walter Scott’s Monument. Then we hangout at the train station till time to board.
Obligatory food pictures 🙂 Most everything got eaten too quickly to photograph!!!
Back in York we were worn out so we went a little slower for the second half of the trip.
Over the next six days we did a tour of lots of our favorite little churches, went to Clifford’s Tower and the Castle Museum, sang/played in Clamity’s St John Passion, and ate a whole bunch! Here are some highlights:::
It was hard to say good bye, but it was so worth seeing them and sharing York and Edinburgh with them! It was a very good visit.